The prophet Isaiah predicted a time during the fall of Jerusalem when people would be desperate to find someone to rule over them and try to fix the mess they would be in:
“When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying,
‘You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler,
And these ruins will be under your charge . . .'” (Isa. 3:6).
That reminded me of when Israel wanted a king so they could be like the surrounding nations. God warned them through the prophet Samuel that the king would take their children, money, and possessions and make the people his servants. “Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, ‘No, but there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles'” (1 Sam. 8:19–20 NASB).
I wonder what it is in humans that compels us to want others to lead us, especially during crises. Do we want leaders so they can fight our battles, take responsibility for things we feel powerless to handle or don’t want to do? Is it because we would rather be taken care of, trading freedom for a crippling form of security? Or is it because deep in our spirits we know we need someone more powerful, trustworthy, faithful, and consistent than we are to take charge and solve seemingly impossible problems?
America today is in some ways like the people of Judah and Israel during the times of Samuel and Isaiah. We are searching for someone to lead us out of a horrendous mess. But what kind of leaders do we want in the White House and Congress? Do we want rulers? A king and his court, if you will, instead of the representative government our founders designed? Do we want a government that will take care of us? Repair what we can’t fix? Take responsibility so we won’t have to?
Our government was designed for a free, moral people, a melting pot of immigrants and natural-born citizens who worked hard to build a healthy economy and dependable work ethic. A strong people who would give up their lives to free others from oppressive dictators and keep their own nation free.
Are we that same kind of people now? Like Israel and Judah, if we hope for human rulers to solve our problems, we can expect only more trouble . . . maybe even total destruction.
A free people has no king but God. Like Israel’s kings, our government, culture, and materialism are stealing our children, our money, and our possessions and making us into slaves. It’s time to wake up, America! We need to put God back on the throne of our hearts and lives. He’s the only one who can solve our economic crisis, our joblessness, our insane national debt, and all the other ills that plague us, both as a nation and individually.
It’s time to take our national motto to heart: IN GOD WE TRUST.